Well as most of you know we have a lot reserved that we have no idea when we will be able to build our home on because of this retention pond issue. As I have explained before we were initially told that we picked a lot that was good to build on as soon as we sold our existing home. We find out later that there are issues with the lot. We have tried to be reasonable and work with Ryan to build our dream home. If I am going to build the home I intend to live in the rest of my life I want a home with a walk out basement. I don't think I should settle for less I currently live in a home with an unfinished basement with no walk out. Its not like you can go back later and add a walk out after its built.
There is the lot next to us which as I have said before is not desirable. So my wife and I went to a neighboring Ryan community yesterday to see if there was something we could work out over there. However at this neighboring community the Ravenna is not available. The cheapest home we could build there would be a Jefferson...I must say its an awesome home! My wife and I like it a lot but the pricing in this community is over $110,000 more just to start...ouch! there is only 1 walk out lot available over there and its a $25,000 lot premium fee. This basically makes the walk out basement out of our reach. So I even was going to settle for a Jefferson with no walk out but after running the numbers we would have to give a lot up to be able to build in this community and it would not be the home we truly want option wise.
So we went back to our current community were we still have the currently "water lot" reserved. At this community there are two remaining lots in the older phase both are walk outs however both would be surrounded by homes on all four side however we could build our Ravenna with a walk out or the Jefferson which my wife likes better with a walkout as well. In my opinion these two final lots in the old phase did not sell for a reason...like I said surrounded by homes on all sides...however I am willing to build a Jefferson a more expensive home on this lot and give up our cul de sac lot we currently are holding. I just want to build our house before the baby gets here. I am even willing to spend more money because my wife really likes the Jefferson. So we inform our sales rep of our thoughts and this way we can get on the build schedule ASAP. She tells me there is a $25,000 lot premium for these lots ...I am so frustrated at this point....According to our sales rep Ryan will not budge on the lot fee. A $25,000 lot fee for a house that is surrounded on all sides by other homes!! Apparently there answer is wait for your current lot or take the lot right next door....which are Ravenna only lots (I like the Ravenna anyway).....it blows my mind that Ryan does not want to work with us at all and I am even willing to build a slightly bigger more expensive home. We have a meeting tomorrow with our sale rep and I think I am going to tell her tomorrow to schedule another meeting next week with the sale manager so I can basically plead my case to him or ask for our deposit back.....I feel so frustrated because I sold a great house to build a new one with Ryan.....By the way there are two other lots available in the newer phase however neither is a walkout....I could use some advice